Nestled in the U Street Corridor and surrounded by restaurants that serve small plates, the owners of Lost Society prefer to think big with respect to both their eatery’s dishes and ambience. They commissioned Joseph Evans—formerly the executive chef of Smith & Wollensky’s DC location—to bring his expertise in creating a set of steak-centric menus that rely on local produce, dry-aged and certified-Angus beef, and regional seafood. To start, the richness of Wagyu beef carpaccio is cut by grapefruit and pea tendrils, and fried oysters get an upscale twist with a worcestershire beurre blanc and smoked maple hot sauce. Ten-ounce filets and 12-ounce sirloins come topped with herb butter, and blackened catfish is accentuated by a scallion cream sauce.
But the artfully plated dishes comprise only half the appeal that lures Lost Society’s trendy clientele. Design consultants Olvia Demetriou and Melinda Nettelbeck of hapstak demetriou + transformed the restaurant’s two stories into a space that balances modern elements with nods to the Victorian-era underground. The dining room lives on the first level, where studio lighting bounces off brocade banquettes, framed spy mirrors, and wallpaper patterned with the faces of ladies in elegant hats. Diners lounge on the purple and yellow couches lining exposed-brick walls before retreating upstairs to see the chandeliers hanging above the neutral-toned bar and roof deck. To seal in the supper-club experience, they sample signature cocktails—such as a lychee martini or jalapeno margarita—some of which are created by recipes that are more than 100 years old.
The stylists at Release know that an indulgent salon experience is about more than just a good haircut. In addition to ten different styles—each one appropriately named after a goddess—the blowout bar has a food menu. Decadent fare such as deli sliders, cake pops, wine, and assorted teas silence rumbling stomachs and keep clients from having to squeeze entire pizzas into their handbags. Music spins from the hands of a female house DJ on Friday nights, when women come to get a blowout and sip a signature cocktail from 5 until 8 p.m. Release The Blowdry Bar can also serve as the backdrop for any number of special events, such as birthdays, bachelorette parties, or mother-daughter get-togethers. On any day of the week, guests can also enjoy regular salon services from the senior artistic team, from cuts to color and keratin smoothing treatments.
Named by rearranging the letters of pasta, tapas are the delicious Spanish rebuttal to Italian cuisine’s long-held dinner dominance. Join the fray with today's Groupon to Mezza Luna: for $15, you'll get $35 worth of tapas, pasta, wine, and more at the downtown eatery. Bring a group of friends or woo your potential New Year's date with an intimate night of mouth-watering Mediterranean dishes and magical mojitos. Conveniently located between the Farragut North and Dupont Circle metro stations, Mezza Luna offers more than 30 hot and cold tapas, 20 specialty martinis, and housemade sangria. Though your Groupon is only valid in Mezza Luna's vibrant, yellow-walled dining room, you are welcome to use it toward drinks.
The aestheticians at Skin Body Lounge, deemed Best Day Spa by the 2011 LA Hotlist, aim to even skin tones, mitigate blemishes, and evict unsightly fuzz with noninvasive skincare and hair-removal services. During full-face photo-rejuvenation, nonablative lasers emit concentrated light to target specific skin pigments—including dark spots left over from acne scarring or convincing dalmatian costumes—stimulating collagen and oxygen production to destroy unwanted bacteria and leave skin radiant. Pulsed-light hair removal, Epilar biochemical solutions, and waxing services strip wayward strands. Those looking to lose inches and smooth cellulite can enlist treatments such as detoxifying body wraps and electronic muscle stimulation. Results-oriented facials are customized to the unique needs of each visage, and microdermabrasion sloughs away dead cells to improve skin tone and texture. Airbrush tanning and makeup services get clients suited up for an evening out more effectively than wearing a cutout of the Hulk's face.
Savour's menu features entrées, light plates, and late-night bites that satisfy regular diners as well as non-un-dead nightwalkers. Have a New–England clam chowder on a frigid summer day ($6), or start out with the Savour sampler (shrimp, vegetable, and chicken tenders, $14.95). To deliver a heavy body-blow to hunger, have a grilled rack of lamb with asparagus and smashed potatoes ($24), or gently massage a snack craving with a jumbo-lump crab-cake sandwich with coleslaw ($10.50). Vegetarians take solace in the Caprese ($7), which drizzles house vinaigrette over slices of beefsteak tomato, red onions, and mozzarella for a heartily-meat-free appetite-mangler.